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Jackson Twp. has concerns over road

Supervisors also honor police officer for spotting suspected thieves while off duty.

JACKSON TOWNSHIP – Supervisors worked through concerns surrounding a development road dedication, honored a township police officer and handled discrepancies on delinquent sewer bills during Monday night’s meeting.

Heritage Hills housing development wants to dedicate Oak Drive to the township for ownership and maintenance. Township solicitor Jeffery Malak said there is a legal issue that must be resolved before this can happen.

Malak said he has information that a resident is questioning the materials used for the road and drainage, and that until it’s resolved, the township should take no action.

“The township engineer will be inspecting the work and samples will be taken to make sure the materials used are DEP approved,” Malak said.

Some residents voiced concerns over the upcoming winter and who would be plowing the road. Chairman John Wilkes said the developer is responsible for the plowing now, and residents of Oak Drive said the developer did plow the road last winter.

“The supervisors are trying to look out for all the taxpayers. Why should the taxpayers pay for something that may have been done incorrectly,” he said.

In other action, the township commended police officer Carl Puskar for his off-duty actions. Puskar spotted suspicious activity on Oct. 8 on Pine Cone Lane when was on his way home when he noticed a Jeep Wrangler on Pine Cone Lane.

“We were notified by the Dallas Township Police Department to keep an eye out for this vehicle,” he said. “We were told they had police scanners in it.”

“They (the theft suspects) were removing a copper covering of a fixture along the road,” he said.

Puskar used his cell phone to call the police station. After they were apprehended by township police and officer from neighboring departments, it was determined the suspects were linked to several other thefts in the Back Mountain Area, he said.

In other news, members of the previous sewer authority, General Municipal Authority of Jackson Township, greeted the supervisors to straighten out the misunderstandings over the delinquent sewer bills.

Solicitor John Aciukewicz asked the supervisors why they didn’t contact members of the previous sewer authority to ask them about the delinquencies or what actions they took. He assured the board that liens were placed on all nine accounts.

“What else could we do but notify the property owners of intent to place a lien,” he said. “Most paid at that time. The ones who didn’t pay a lien was then filed.”

Malak said he is looking into possible foreclose methods or other possibilities for the township to collect the money owed.

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